Monday, 30 November 2009

Mise en Scene In Merlin

The mise en scene helps to tell the narrative. Firstly the shields being put up signify that this is set in the past, involves violence and pride in some way a stereotypical manly trait. We see scruffily dressed dirty people next to brightly dressed clean people signifying the binary opposite rich and poor. The man is wearing a crown and is on a throne signifying a king while the woman is stereotypically second to the man on a lower chair signifying a high rank lady. The fighters are dressed in armour, outside and surrounded by a wooden stand signifying this is set in the past. The colours of the tents and rich person’s costumes seem too bright this creates bad versamilitude as it is set in the past where bright dies would never have been available but it signifies that this drama is not supposed to be a record of actual events more a made up universe the preferred reading of the text. We see a large castle and set signifying that this production is big budget. The filming of the villain signifies he’s a villain by the use of hidden camera behind the flags signifying fear from the audiences perspective. The beginning scene is a miserable grey day but light which signifies a tainted reality the use of kitchen sink lighting here also signifies normality despite aspects of the mise en scene being exaggerated. The protagonists house is dirty and uses bland colours signifying poverty and the past, although given the time this is signified in the preferred reading signifies relative wealth. The protaganiost is laid on bed a stereotypical view of youthful men is using the commutation test the old man would have been on bed the audience would signify illness or death. The old man’s hair and robes is unrealistic so creates bad versamilitude but agaian signifies that he is a mysterios character his aged face and hair signify wisdom. Despite his age and poverty he is empowered in the scene juxtaposed next to the peasant stood next to the lady this shows how stereotypically the text portrays views on gender within the same social class. The hut has candles signifying night time and warmth and friendliness so does the castle. While outside the castle the lighting is more blue signifying coldness and spookiness. The special effects and dialoge of “magic” anchor the meaning that this setting is magical. The soldiers outside the castle and peasants create verisimilitude. Stereotypically the producer has decided to have men cuing up for the lady yet ignoring the poorer lady signifies by there dress. The next seen uses dark lighting to connote eriness the snake a signifier of evil.

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